A Material World: In Conversation with Jestico + Whiles


As part of Clerkenwell Design Week, architecture and interior design firm Jestico + Whiles collaborated with international ceramic tile manufacturer Porcelanosa Group to create aperture, an interactive installation using the group’s next-generation material, krion. The immersive sculpture experiments with with light, form and perspective using Lumenpulse products with lighting design by Visual Energy Lighting. It was created in homage to George Eastman’s Kodak factory which was situated in the area in the 19th century and is influenced by Clerkenwell’s rich design history.



In a panel discussion moderated by Wallpaper* magazine’s editor-at-large Emma O’Kelly, Jestico + Whiles director James Dilley and Porcelanosa’s Javier Rodriguez divulged how best to work with material, and the trends they’re seeing in 2018.

James Dilley, director, Jestico + Whiles:

For us, the texture and material is how a project materialises. We want to create a sense of place so we create a palette that’s influenced by what’s around in the environment. Each project starts with an idea, but the end result is something you experience; touching, feeling and seeing how the palettes work together is so important.

With materials like krion and LED lighting, the possibilities are endless. We align each project with its environment, country and continent while thinking about its sustainability. Our W London project responded to the cultural and historical context of the West End in a contemporary way, with a façade that consists of a fine, translucent veil suspended over the face of the inner working shell.

By day, this veil is cool, calm and restrained, gently reflecting the surrounding buildings. When dusk falls the transparency of the building changes, giving it a different quality of light. At night the veil becomes a digital canvas upon which guest artists can stain the etched glass with tinted light to create a range of dynamic performances.


Javier Rodriguez, Porcelanosa Group

For me, tactility is vital. The way you approach the world is with five senses, and a lot of the time what you touch is much more important than what you receive visually.

There’s no good or bad material, rather, there are good and bad uses as materials have to fit the right context. Trend-wise, we’ve identified a shift away from greys and towards new colours and textures with old ones; an example being the resurgence of Terrazzo - known only a few years ago as a material of the past. One of the trends expected to have an influence in the industry this year is also pure material, including elements with hard or imperfect aesthetics which highlight the material as a decorative object.

Elegance also comes from simple shapes and spaces without any type of decoration and natural stone design has made its way into interior design this year as a sophisticated and timeless trend capable of transforming interior spaces.

See myriad trends in material design and the people creating them at Decorex from 16-19 September at Syon Park, London - the show is now open for registration.